Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.
“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”
Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked on Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” as well as “The Savages,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and “Cedar Rapids,” starring Ed Helms.
He also helped co-found Payne and Jim Taylor’s production company Ad Hominem.